If you've been around here for awhile, you just may remember a former CFI named Ryan Speece who used to fly with us many years ago back when we were at Camel-Lot Airpark on US 31. We just got a note from him, and this is what he's been up to for the last 17 years:
"Since I left Camel-Lot, I flew a lot of freight in 310's, 402's, Lears, Falcons, and DC-9's. Then in '02 I got hired by Spirit Airlines. I've been there ever since, and am having a great time. When I got hired we had MD-80's, now we have brand new Airbus 319/320/321's. I'm currently based at home in Detroit, but have been based in Ft. Lauderdale and San Juan, PR. I'm thankful for the opportunity and time I had at Camel-Lot. Hope you and Laura and the rest of the gang have a great weekend. I still have fond memories of my time there."
It's good to hear from you Ryan--keep in touch!
Once again Mike and Pam Wild have been kind enough to invite us to their house for their annual Aviator Party!
Saturday December 14, 2013
3216 Emerald Place Kokomo, IN 46902
Please RSVP to Pam by Tuesday, December 10, 2013 765-864-0096
To start the Champs and Cubs in the winter you first have to get yourself in the right frame of mind. Champs and Cubs do not like to start when it's cold. Not only that but they don't like to stay running even after they start. Once you accept that fact then we can learn how to start them and keep them running. I can tell you this.... once you do get them started it can be a really fun adventure and you'll even be able to brag about the performance... a little!
So, here's the procedure step by step:
- PREHEAT: No preheat then forget it. For best results electric style heaters need to be on for 1 hour prior to flight. Gas heaters 20-30 mins and do not leave gas heaters unattended.
- TURN ON FUEL
- Pull prop through 8 times with throttle CLOSED. This sucks fuel into the cylinders. When you see fuel drip out the bottom of the cowl you should stop pulling the prop.... you've effectively primed the engine.
- Carb Heat on. Leave on until just before take-off.
- 2 strokes on primer and leave out, ready to add more as it's running.
- Ignition on Left Mag Only.
- Throttle still closed, carb heat still on, pull prop to start. Do not pump throttle! Do not push throttle foward! Keep throttle closed!Use primer as necessary to keep running. Once started mags on both.
- If you go to taxi and the engine starts to quit then DO NOT ADD THROTTLE. Matter of fact just the opposite, if engine starts to quit then pull throttle back to the stop.
Very seldom will this technique not work. If it doesn't work then either it's too cold to fly or the airplane needs some work.
Sometimes you can flood an engine but quite frankly it's highly unlikely in the winter time with these 65hp Continental engines. Remember the primer runs directly to the carb (not the cylinders) and fuel dripping on the ground after you operate with the primer does not necessarily mean that you're flooded! However, if you are convinced that it's flooded then simply open the throttle to the full open position and turn the prop BACKWARDS several times (probably 8-12 times) in order to clear out the cylinders. Once completed you can start over using the above procedure.
PREHEAT, PREHEAT, PREHEAT
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